Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Drawing a Complicated Picture
A group is a collection of objects that PowerPoint treats as though they
were one object. Using groups properly is one key to putting simple shapes
together to make complex pictures without becoming so frustrated that you
have to join a therapy group. (“Hello, my name is Doug, and PowerPoint
drives me crazy.”)
To create a group, follow these steps:
1. Choose all objects that you want to include in the group.
You can do this by holding down the Shift key and clicking each of the
items or by clicking and dragging the resulting rectangle around all
2. Right-click one of the selected objects and then choose Group ➪ Group
from the menu that appears.
You can also find the Group command on the Drawing Tools tab, but it’s
much easier to find by right-clicking.
To take a group apart so that PowerPoint treats the objects as individuals
again, follow these steps:
1. Right-click the group you want to break up.
2. Choose Group ➪ Ungroup.
If you create a group and then ungroup it so that you can work on its elements
individually, you can easily regroup the objects. These steps show you how:
1. Right-click one of the objects that was in the original group.
2. Choose Group ➪ Regroup.
PowerPoint remembers which objects were in the group and
automatically includes them.
PowerPoint enables you to create groups of groups. This capability is useful
for complex pictures because it enables you to work on one part of the
picture, group it, and then work on the next part of the picture without worrying
about accidentally disturbing the part that you’ve already grouped. After
you have several such groups, select them and group them. You can create
groups of groups of groups and so on, ad nauseam.